Ukraine War Spreads to Turkey – The Sea Mine Threat

Over the past month Soviet-era sea mines have begun drifting into Turkish waters from the Ukraine coast – who is releasing them, and what threat do they pose to one of the world’s busiest seaways – the Bosphorus Strait?

Mark Felton Productions

The Type 332 Frankenthal-class minehunter is a class of German minehunters. The ships are built of non-magnetic steel. Hull, machinery and superstructure of this class is similar to the original Type 343 Hameln-class minesweeper, but the equipment differs.

Slightly modified Frankenthal-class minehunters are also operated by the Turkish Navy, where they are referred to as the A class. In the beginning of 2019, the Indonesian Navy ordered two minehunters based on a modified Frankenthal-class with a length of 62 metres.

Class overview
BuildersLürssen Abeking & Rasmussen Krögerwerft
Operators German Navy United Arab Emirates Navy Turkish Navy Indonesian Navy
Preceded byHameln-class minesweeper
SubclassesA class
In commission1992–present
General characteristics
Displacement650 t
Length54.4 m (178 ft)
Beam9.2 m (30 ft)
Draft2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)
Propulsion2 × MTU 16V 538 TB91 diesel-engines, 2040 kW each 2 × electric motors for slow and silent maneuvering 2 × Renk PLS 25 E gearboxes 2 × controllable pitch propellers
Speed18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Sensors and
processing systems
1 × hull mounted DSQS-11A mine hunting sonar DRBN 32 navigation radar
Electronic warfare
& decoys
2 × TKWA/MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) decoy launchers (currently under procurement) 2 × Barricade chaff and flare launcher
Armament1 × Bofors 40 mm/L70 dual purpose gun (currently upgrading to 1 × MLG 27 27 mm autocannon) 2 FIM-92 Stinger MANPADS surface-to-air missile 2 × Pinguin B3 mine hunting ROVsMine laying capabilities
Notesmine diver equipment, decompression chamber,

Read more at Wikipedia

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